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The Life of the Parties: A History of American Political Parties / Edition 1

The Life of the Parties: A History of American Political Parties / Edition 1

by James A. ReichleyJames A. Reichley
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Election year 2000 is an appropriate season to reprise the first major history of American political parties in nearly forty years. In this classic work, James Reichley traces the decline of political parties resulting in divided government and an ineffectual political process—but he also shows us what it will take to restore the party system and how it could work to revitalize our democracy. For the first time in paperback, The Life of the Parties includes updates on third party movements, political cycles and realignments, campaign finance reform, and other recent electoral trends. Citizens disillusioned by years of political disarray will find much to reflect upon in Reichley's monumental analysis of the lessons of party history and our contemporary political predicament.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742508880
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2000
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 524,885
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A. James Reichley is senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The American Two-Party System

Part 1: From the Founding to the Civil War
Chapter 2: Intention of the Founders: A Polity without Parties
Chapter 3: The First Parties: Federalists and Republicans
Chapter 4: One-Party Hegemony: The Jeffersonians
Chapter 5: Formation of Mass Parties: Democrats and Whigs

Part 2: The Republican Era
Chapter 6: Party Government: The Civil War Republicans
Chapter 7: Machine Politics: The Gilded Age
Chapter 8: Third-Party Challenge: Populist Uprising
Chapter 9: Reaction against Parties: The Progressive Era
Chapter 10: The Progressive Legacy, City Machines, and the Solid South
Chapter 11: The President as Party Leader: Woodrow Wilson

Part 3: The New Deal Era
Chapter 12: A Functioning Majority Party: The New Deal
Chapter 13: Vehicles of Opposition
Chapter 14: Fission of Party Coalitions
Chapter 15: Decline of State and Local Machines
Chapter 16: Movement Politics: The Republican Hard Right
Chapter 17: Reform Politics: Amateur Democrats

Part 4: Contemporary Parties
Chapter 18: The New Giants: National Party Organizations
Chapter 19: State Parties: Seeking New Roles
Chapter 20: Local Parties: Getting Along without Patronage
Chapter 21: Rebuilding the Parties

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